Church History

The Church of God, with International Headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, traces it’ s roots to 1886 in a meeting house located at Barney Creek in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. The Christian Union was organized with eight members. Since that small beginning, the Church of God has become an international church with a membership of 4 million. The Church of God is a grassroots organization with an appeal to and a concern for the common man and his needs. Our denomination is characterized by the following phrases:

  • Evangelical
  • Fundamental
  • Pentecostal
  • A Holiness Movement

The mission of the Church of God is to perpetuate the full gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20), in the Spirit and power of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4, 6, 13-18), with specific attention to the centrality of God’s Word, world evangelism, ministerial development, Christian discipleship, lay ministry, biblical stewardship, church growth, church planting, family enrichment, and servant leadership. For further information concerning the Church of God, please contact the Church of God International Offices.